For the first time ever, Quentin Tarantino is planning to dramatize true events in a movie, as sources tell the Tracking Board that his next picture will tackle Charles Manson and the murder of actress Sharon Tate.
Tarantino is courting A-list talent for the ensemble cast, including his Inglourious Basterds star Brad Pitt for the role of the detective investigating the crime, and both Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lawrence for the role of Tate. Samuel L. Jackson, the director’s lucky charm, is also expected to play a part in the period film. The director is also said to be eager to re-team with his Django Unchained star Leonardo DiCaprio, though it’s unclear whether he’s being eyed to play the detective role or Manson himself.
The wife of director Roman Polanski, Tate was eight months pregnant when she was brutally murdered by a group of Manson followers who the cult leader had sent to the home, hoping to exact revenge on a music producer who had rejected him.
There’s no distributor attached to the Manson project at the moment, but given Tarantino’s undying loyalty to Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, the sibling producers will likely be involved in some capacity. The Weinsteins previously teamed with Universal on Inglourious Basterds and Sony on Django Unchained.
With WME expected to shop the package to studios before Labor Day, Tarantino has been busy putting the finishing touches on the script. Hollywood has told this story several times, but Tarantino is no doubt putting his own spin on the Manson family and its killing spree. The Oscar-winning filmmaker has repeatedly said he intends to retire after his 10th film, and the Manson movie is shaping up to be his ninth.
As far as casting goes, timing is everything in Hollywood, and Pitt, Robbie and Lawrence are three of the most in-demand actors working today. Tarantino will have to wait until next year to start production, as Pitt will soon begin filming James Gray’s Ad Astra before he re-teams with David Fincher on World War Z 2. Meanwhile, Robbie is busy with her DCEU commitments between Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens, while Lawrence has Adam McKay’s Bad Blood and several other in-development projects on the horizon.
We’ll track this project as closely as we can, so stay tuned. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief